An introduction to some of the most astonishing architectural monuments the world has ever known—Gothic cathedrals. We shall study the art, literature, intellectual life, economics, and new social arrangements that arose in the shadow of the cathedrals and that were such an important part of the revival of cities in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. The goal of the course is a better appreciation of the High Middle Ages, a world that is still recognizably our own.
An interesting course dealing with the birth of Gothic architecture from it's very beginning through it's evolution to the amazing achievement it has become. The course investigates the ideas that were promulgated to create the assemblage of symbols, sculptures and structure which developed into a unique built expression of the religious, spiritual and earthly meaning of human existence.